WHO WE ARE

Girls Connect Uganda (GCU) is a fully registered Non-governmental Organization founded in 2018 with aim to empower adolescent girls and young women to defend, protect and speak out on their rights to make informed life decisions and choices. GCU promotes adolescent girls and young women sexual reproductive health protection and rights including HIV&AIDS and family planning interventions. We engage key decision makers and community stakeholder groups to transform unequal gender power relations to end violence against women and girls.

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GCU Vision

A future where all adolescent girls and young women meaningfully participate in development discourse

GCU Mission

Empowering girls and young women to achieve and thrive.

GCU Core values
Integrity:
Volunteerism
Efficiency
Equity
Transparency

OUR WORK

Education

We empower adolescent girls (including child mothers & pregnant girls) through life skills and leadership training to go to school, remain in school, complete school and achieve in education (Including /vocational school)

Livelihood/Economic empowerment

We empower and support AGYW livelihoods through skills development and entrepreneurship training and integration of government economic empowerment programs to facilitate secure economic independence.

Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRH&R)

We empower AGYW with knowledge and skills to access Adolescent/youth friendly SRH&R including MHM, utilization of Family Planning and HIV Prevention/treatment services

Environmental Conservation and Management.

Together with AGYW, GCU co-creates and advocates for a right to a clean and sustainable environment. Our focus is on; access to justice, access to information and public participation on environmental matters.

Elimination of Gender Based Violence

We advocate for change in socio-cultural and structural practices that perpetuate gender based violence among adolescent girls and young women.

OUR TARGET BENEFICIARIES

GCU primary target include adolescent girls (10-19 years) and young women (19-35 years) in and out of school (inclusive disabled, refugees, child mothers, commercial sex workers, those living in slums and child brides, HIV&AIDS affected and infected). The secondary target consist of boys and men, parents /guardians, education stakeholders, traditional, cultural and religious leaders, government policy decision makers and relevant ministries.

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WHY PARTNER WITH US

GCU is a platform to promote girls and young women’s education, economic empowerment, entrepreneurship and leadership

Operational Excellence

We strive for excellence in all our work

Strong community structures

We use approaches driven by our communities.

Team of experts

We have a team of experts who perform with expert know-how and thought-through strategies. We look forward to every challenge with passion and the coolest beat in our ears. We want a future where all adolescent girls and young women meaningfully participate in development discourse!

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Empowered adolescent girls (including child mothers & pregnant girls) through life skills and leadership training to go to school, remain in school, complete school and achieve in education (Including /vocational school)
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AGYW empowered with knowledge and skills to access Adolescent/youth friendly SRH&R including utilization of Family Planning and HIV Prevention/treatment services.
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AGYW who have experienced GBV have been counselled and supported to receive health and legal assistance.
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AGYW Empowered through skills development and entrepreneurship training and integration of government economic empowerment programs to facilitate secure economic independence

GCU LATEST NEWS

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Girls Connect Uganda (GCU) launches its Adolescent Development Program in Kaberamaido District

with a consultative meeting involving key district and Sub-county stakeholders. In an MOU with Kaberamaido District Local Government, we are partnering with communities to address barriers to school retention among adolescent girls in two sub-counties dominated by fishing communities.


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Kwarkwar Sub-county teenage mothers ready to take responsibility for their future Having completed life skills and mindset change training

Having completed life skills and mindset change training, Teenage mothers in Kwarkwar Sub-county, are ready to take responsibility for their future by engaging in income generating activities and weekly savings in their own micro-credit groups (Village and Saving Loan Associations). The girls are more hopeful and ready to improve their livelihood and that of their children.


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GCU Participates in organizing Day of African Child 2021.

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GCU awarded certificate of recognition during the 1st National in children Conference 22

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GCU Empowers 200 girls in Bukedea

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GCU Participates in organizing Day of African Child 2021.

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WHAT OUR BENEFICIARIES SAY

After participating in GCU Mentorship and Life skills training sessions, we are now able to freely speak out about our HIV/AIDS status with our peers. we also encourage other fellow girls to go for HIV testing and treatment services during our guidance and counselling sessions..

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. Adolescents

We had lost hope in life after getting pregnant and being abandoned by the men who made us pregnant. With support from GCU, our hope is now restored and we are confident of achieving our dreams in life. Right now, we have village safe spaces where we meet weekly with other adolescent girls to share life experiences, encourage one another as well as to do weekly savings as a way of economically empowering ourselves..

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. Child Mothers

Through our community Peer Champion Clubs, we have used drama to create awareness about the dangers of GBVs as well as using our life stories to inspire other adolescent girls. Many parents now appreciate that the girl child is as important as the boy child and all of them deserve to be supported. Adolescent girls and young women who experience violence are aware of where to report.

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. Peer Champion